Idaho

Idaho is the 43rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. The state capital is Boise.

LGBT Rights in Idaho: Idaho voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2006 prohibiting same-sex marriage. No provision of Idaho law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Idaho's hate crimes law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Idaho permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoptions.

Current challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban: Latta v. Otter.

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Joe Jaszewski, The Idaho Statesman (AP)Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.

Former Idaho lawmaker hides in Statehouse closet to bring attention to lack of LGBT protections

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour hid in an Idaho Statehouse closet for more than five hours as part of her effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT rights activists jailed after protest at Idaho governor’s office

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Twenty-three gay rights activists have been arrested after blocking the entrance to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office inside the Idaho Statehouse, the latest in a string of arrests related to protests over attempts to add anti-discrimination protections to Idaho law. [ Read more → ]
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Conservative group: Feds can’t force Idaho to recognize same-sex marriage

Monday, March 3, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- The federal government cannot force Idaho to change its definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the conservative Cornerstone Family Council of Idaho contends in a recent court filing. [ Read more → ]
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Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activists arrested again after Idaho capitol protest

Friday, February 28, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Gay rights activists were again led out of the Idaho Statehouse in shackles and taken to jail by bus Thursday after a renewed protest seeking to add anti-discrimination protections to Idaho law. [ Read more → ]
Idaho state capitol in Boise.

Idaho approves $1 million to defend same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has approved spending $1 million to defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Former Idaho governor urges lawmakers to pass statewide LGBT protections

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt is again urging the Legislature to add protections for gay, lesbian and transgender residents to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, APGay rights protesters march in the Idaho Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. At least 105 gay rights demonstrators participated in the event that sought to convince lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act with discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination. In addition to covering their mouths with one hand and maintaining virtual silence, many protestors held photocopied pictures of gay or lesbian teens who committed suicide.

More than 100 activists gather in Idaho seeking statewide LGBT protections

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — At least 105 gay rights demonstrators filled the Capitol's basement corridor Tuesday seeking to convince Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act with discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, APAbout two dozen protesters seeking to convince Idaho lawmakers to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the state's Human Rights Act block the entrances to the Idaho Senate in Boise on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At a similar protest on Feb. 3, 44 demonstrators were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Gay rights activists arrested in latest protest at Idaho state capitol

Thursday, February 20, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Gay rights activists were arrested and jailed after refusing to voluntarily lift an hours-long Senate blockade aimed at pressuring lawmakers into backing anti-discrimination protections. [ Read more → ]
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Plaintiffs in Idaho gay marriage challenge ask court to declare ban unconstitutional

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Four same-sex couples who are challenging Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, filed a motion in the case Tuesday seeking a summary judgement asking the court to declare unconstitutional Idaho’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry or to recognize their existing marriages. [ Read more → ]
Idaho state capitol in Boise.

Idaho lawmaker withdraws bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — A lawmaker promoting controversial legislation to allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers based on their religious beliefs says he'll withdraw the bill, for now. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, AP Some of the more than 200 demonstrators fill the rotunda of the Idaho Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in another bid to convince Republican lawmakers to schedule a hearing on a bill to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the Idaho Human Rights Act in Boise, Idaho.

Gay rights activists gather again at Idaho capitol seeking statewide protections

Monday, February 17, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- More than 200 gay rights demonstrators descended on the Idaho Capitol, with placard-holding, flag-bearing activists filling multiple rotunda floors as they sought again to convince Republican lawmakers to hold a hearing on a bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, APAn Idaho State Police trooper observes at least 65 gay rights demonstrators who formed a ring around the third-floor rotunda of the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. Unlike a protest on Feb. 3 where 44 people were arrested for blocking the Idaho Senate chambers, nobody was taken into custody during this latest protest seeking to convince Republican lawmakers to add workplace and housing discrimination protections to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Protesters return to Idaho capitol demanding statewide LGBT protections

Friday, February 14, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — At least 65 demonstrators seeking anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians ringed the third-floor rotunda of Idaho's Capitol 10 days after dozens of people were arrested at a previous protest. [ Read more → ]
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.

Idaho House takes ‘thoughtful pause’ on bill to allow religious discrimination

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — While a similar billed sailed through the Kansas state House on Wednesday, Idaho lawmakers sidetracked a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay customers based on their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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Idaho Supreme Court rules gay, lesbian couples have equal adoption rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that gay and lesbian couples have the same right to adopt children as anyone else under state law. [ Read more → ]
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Idaho House panel advances bill to allow religion-based discrimination

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's Capitol on Wednesday was again the focus of frustration among gay rights activists as lawmakers kept alive a bill that Republican religious conservatives argue is necessary to protect businesses from being forced to serve customers whose lifestyles offend their faith traditions. [ Read more → ]
Joe Jaszewski, The Idaho Statesman (AP)Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.

Idaho’s ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists promised pro-bono legal help

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Long before their arrests, activists seeking to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to Idaho's Human Rights Act added lawyers: The 44 people facing misdemeanor trespass charges after Monday's demonstration inside the Capitol's Senate chambers have been promised pro-bono help. [ Read more → ]
Joe Jaszewski,  The Idaho Statesman (AP)Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg) is blocked from entering the Senate chambers by Demonstrators at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday morning.

Activists occupy Idaho Senate entrances to protest lack of LGBT protections

Monday, February 3, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Police have arrested dozens of gay rights activists, saying their protest blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers for more than two hours. [ Read more → ]
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Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]
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‘Add the Words’ activists eye bill that would allow denial of service to gays

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Gay rights activists were stymied again this year in winning a hearing to "add the words" sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.

Idaho launches ‘pre-emptive’ strike to shield religious beliefs from gay rights

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers and conservative Christian allies who contend faith is under siege by gays, lesbians and the government are launching a "pre-emptive" strike to bolster rights of licensed professionals to refuse service or employment to those they conclude violate their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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Idaho Democrats vow to continue ‘Add the Words’ fight for LGBT protections

Friday, January 24, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Majority Republicans again have poured cold water on Democrats' hopes of including protections for Idaho's gay and lesbian residents in state law. Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, said Friday he had been informed by House and Senate Republicans that they would block the... [ Read more → ]
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Judge allows Idaho AG to intervene in same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal judge says Idaho's attorney general can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, even though Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is already a party in the case. [ Read more → ]
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Idaho House panel: Married same-sex couples must file taxes separately

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Lawmakers approved a rule requiring same-sex couples who are legally married in other states but live in Idaho to file their state income taxes separately - even though they can file their federal taxes jointly. [ Read more → ]
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Idaho House panel delays debate of tax rules for married same-sex couples

Monday, January 13, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- A House panel delayed discussion of new rules forbidding same-sex couples legally married elsewhere from filing joint Idaho income tax returns. [ Read more → ]
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